Failure to prosecute Nazim Ali = Open door for antisemites

The rapid decision to prosecute five people for burning an effigy of Grenfell Tower renders even more bewildering the CPS decision NOT TO prosecute the man who publicly blamed “Zionists” for the inferno.

The incident happened at the Al Quds day march in London in 2017 (18 June).  The march – organised by the ‘Islamic Human Rights Commission’, a front for Iran – is always offensive to the UK Jewish Community because of the mendacious vilification of Israel and display of terrorist flags. But in June 2017 the march broke all records in offensiveness, because of the chants of its leader, Nazim Ali. David Collier’s blog tells the story. Here are Ali’s poisonous chants:

“….. of murders by Theresa May’s cronies, many of which are supporters of Zionist ideology. Let us not forget that. Some of the biggest corporations who are supporting the Conservative Party are Zionists. They are responsible for the murder of the people in Grenfell, in those towers in Grenfell, the Zionist supporters of the Tory Party.  It is the Zionists who give the money to the Zionists, the Zionists who give money to the Tory Party, to kill people in high-rise blocks. Careful, of those Rabbis, who belong to the Board of Deputies, who have got blood on their hands, who agree with the killing of British soldiers, do not allow them in your centres. They [the BBC] never report on the killings of innocent men, women and children. The Zionists are known to go for dinner with the heads of the BBC to make sure there is no unnecessary pressure on the innocent victims of Zionist terrorism.”

Several people including me and the Campaign Against Antisemitism complained to the police about these rants. We argued that the term “Zionists” that Ali used was synonymous with ‘Jews’:  he clearly did not have in mind “Christian Zionists” when he spoke of the Zionists who are among “Theresa May’s cronies”.  And those “Rabbis who belong to the Board of Deputies”, they are hardly going to be Buddhists.  The “Zionists” who “are known to go for dinner with the heads of the BBC” …. This is the age old trope that “Jews control the media”.  Anyone with even a passing knowledge of antisemitism knows this.

Ali should have been prosecuted under the Public Order Act.  The words he used were clearly insulting and intended to whip up hatred of Jews; and racial hatred was likely to be whipped up by those words.

Yet the Crown Prosecution Service first turned down a police recommendation to prosecute Ali, then terminated a private prosecution of him. Their reasoning is set out in a letter (10 August 2018) to my MP from Alison Saunders, the Director of Public Prosecutions:

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                         (nb caption is wrong, he isn’t a ‘Rabbi’)

Incredibly the presence of Neturei Karta on the march has been used by the CPS to justify their decision that Ali’s words were not referring to Jews! Neturei Karta are an extreme Jewish sect that make up around 0.03% of the world’s Jewish population.  Equally incredibly, the CPS buys into Ali’s lie that Judaism and Zionism are distinct from each other.

Judaism and Zionism are two sides of the same coin.  Israel was created as a Jewish State because of centuries of persecution of Jews. Israel vies with the US as the country with the highest Jewish population.  Zion and Jerusalem are mentioned countless times in Jewish prayer.  The CPS accepts the IHRA definition of antisemitism which states that it’s antisemitic to describe Israel as “racist”, thus accepting the inextricable link between Judaism and Israel. Its decision in the Ali case is inexplicable.

The decision is an open door for antisemites: Just refer to ‘Zionists’ rather than ‘Jews’ and you’re safe from prosecution.  As such it represents a profound disservice to the UK’s Jewish Community – and it must be challenged.